Berkalin Records recording artist, Chuck Hawthorne, is a singer/songwriter whose songs are influenced by growing up around cowboys and ranchers on a cattle ranch in Amarillo, spending 21 years in the Marines (including multiple tours in Iraq), and listening to the recordings of Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle. His musical compositions -- heavily influenced by the culture of the west and drawing from the same well as his Panhandle music forebears Terry Allen, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore -- strike universal heartstrings from a singularly vast and barren landscape. He has been writing and performing for over 20 years, amassing a catalog of unique, well-crafted and starkly honest songs. He writes about train lines, coal mines, love, death and misfortune. His songs are sometimes deadly serious; sometimes raucous, and always passionately written and delivered. Chuck released his first CD, Silver Line, in 2015.
"Hawthorne's voice is a hybrid of Eddie Vedder's and Gordon Lightfoot's, his instrumentation spare like Townes Van Zandt, and his songs...are deliberate workaday tales reminiscent of Nebraska-era Springsteen or James McMurtry." - Mike Seely, No Depression
"Chuck Hawthorne has a story, and his history is enough to get attention. As huge as the back story may be, the presence of the man takes a back seat to what a lifetime of experience has offered to three minute songs." - Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root Magazine
"Chuck has lived every inch of the lives he's written about....learned a thing or two about hard living, and damn if he can't cut you with his words." - Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops
"...best songwriter I've heard in 20 or 30 years." - Michael Martin Murphey
"Damn good songs - visceral." - Ray Bonneville, Singer/Songwriter
"I figured Chuck Hawthorne was the right stuff when I saw him shut down a crowd of rowdies one night with just him and a guitar. He plays it, writes it, and sings it. Listening to this collection confirms it. The right stuff - rare, not easy to come by, can't be faked." - Richard Dobson, Singer/Songwriter
“…like a bowl of gumbo and a mug of Shiner Bock at the end of a hard, rainy day.... Her music makes you want to persevere on the off chance that the new morning might yield an unexpected creation.” - Mike Seely, No Depression
“…she sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart.” - Dan Solomon, Texas Monthly
"It is artists like Koch that are restoring faith in country music to its fans." - Matthew Warnock, International Guitar Magazine
"Koch blends her folk and country influences into a storytelling collage that leaves the listener refreshed, enlightened, and entertained. Both live and in the CD player, Texas music fans are warming up to Libby, and she is making an indelible mark on the performing scene." - Lucky Boyd, www.mytexasmusic.com
"Authentic music, rooted for generations in the deep, dusty Texan soil." - Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression
Seventh generation Texan and Berkalin Records recording artist Libby Koch is an Americana singer-songwriter based in Houston. Libby's music draws from a classic Americana blend of country, folk, and rock, with influences from great artists such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Janis Joplin, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and Dolly Parton. Her goal is to make real, honest music that resonates with people. She was a Wildflower! Festival finalist and Songwriter Serenade semifinalist and has played the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase. In 2013 Libby was named Songwriter of the Year by the Houston Press. She has 4 solo CDs and a CD with The Grievous Angels, a side project with songwriters Lainey Balagia and Debbie Forrest that earned the trio a Houston Press Music Award and a Texas Music Award.